Iceland Cricket has offered permanent residency to Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu, who has been ignored by selectors for India’s 15-man World Cup squad.
Ambati Rayudu’s career has been on a downward spiral ever since the batsman got snubbed from the Indian squad for the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 hosted by England and Wales. Thanks to Vijay Shankar’s three-dimensional skill-sets, Rayudu was ignored by selectors when they announced the final Indian squad for the World Cup in April ahead of the showpiece event.
Even though Rayudu was included in the World Cup reserve list, the Indian selectors kept him out of possible call-up contention for the World Cup on two separate occasions. Rayudu was first snubbed when Rishabh Pant was named as a replacement for injured Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan in the initial stages of the quadrennial event.
The 33-year-old then witnessed similar fate when the selectors opted to pick Mayank Agarwal, who is yet to play a ODI for India, following Vijay Shankar’s departure from the ICC event. Taking cognizance of Rayudu’s ongoing selection saga in the ICC World Cup 2019 season, Iceland Cricket on Tuesday offered permanent residency to the Indian batsman after the 33-year-old was overlooked for the second time by selectors.
Cashing on the opportunity, Iceland Cricket tried to rope in the swashbuckling Indian batsman by offering him citizenship in a dedicated tweet – which also had an honourable mention of Agarwal. Using Rayudu’s famous 3D glasses jibe, Iceland Cricket’s official Twitter handle tweeted that the Indian batsman can put away his 3D glasses because he will be requiring normal glasses to read the citizenship papers.
“Agarwal has three professional wickets at 72.33 so at least Rayudu Ambati can put away his 3D glasses now. He will only need normal glasses to read the document we have prepared for him. Come join us Ambati,” the Iceland national cricket team handle tweeted.
Rayudu, who had plied his trade regularly for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Indian Premier League (IPL) for the past couple of seasons, was tipped to be the problem solver for India’s No. 4 conundrum in white-ball cricket. The stylish Indian batsman had received selectors’ backing for more than a year before emerging talents Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant stepped on the Indian cricket scenario.
Indian selectors came under the scanner for ignoring Rayudu for India’s 15-man World Cup squad. Shankar made his World Cup debut against Pakistan but was ruled out of the tournament with a toe injury. For the match against Bangladesh, Indian think tank replaced Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dinesh Karthik.